Banana leaf meal and truth behind banana leaf meals

Indian is a land of traditions and cultural values, in several South Indian states it is traditional to serve food on banana leaves. Eating on banana leaves that dates back thousands of years its health benefits are still relevant today. The article tell you everything you need to know about the health benefits of eating in banana leaf.


Health
Banana leaves are packed with polyphenol's such as Epigallocatechin, which is also found in green tea. Polyphenol's are natural antioxidants  that fight against free radicals in our body and prevent various diseases. In general banana leaves are not very easy to digest if eat directly, but the hot food absorbs the polyphenols leaves so that you get the benefits of the nutrition. 
Antibacterial Activity
It is also believed banana leaves has potent antibacterial properties, that kill germs in the food, thereby reducing the chances falling sick and helps in proper digestion. 
Skin  Care
Chlorophyll present in the banana leaves helps in several skin disease, it also helps curing intestinal ulcers. 
Detoxification
Banana leaves are often used as a body wrap after massage, it aids in removing toxins from our body and naturally relaxes the body. The bioactive compound named Allantoin, found in the leaves, helps faster healing, kills germs and stimulates new skin cell growth. 
Other Beneficial Factors of Banana Leaf
Flavor
Banana leaf contains a waxy coating that has a subtle and unique flavor when hot food is placed on the leaves wax melts and lends its flavor to the food and making it tastes better. 
Cleaning
Now a days most people uses plastic or Styrofoam plates when they disposable plates, however banana leafs are much more environmental friendly option. Banana leaves decompose in very short time unlike plastic which takes hundreds of years to degrade. 
Hygiene
Banana leaves does not require lot of cleaning, they just need to be rinsed with little water and they are good to go. If you are eating at a restaurant where the hygiene standards are questionable you are much better off eating from banana leaf. 
Chemical Free
Since, plates are washed with water and soap, traces of chemicals may still remain on the plates can dominate in your food. In other hand, banana leaves just need to rinsed little with plain water and there is no involvement of soap. So the food will be absolutely chemical free.


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